Interview: Westword magazine interviews David about WINTER COUNTS, growing up in Denver, and which people–living or dead–he’d invite to a dinner party.
Lists: Lit Hub/Book Marks includes WINTER COUNTS in the list of “Most Anticipated Books by Indigenous Authors.” They say that WINTER COUNTS is “a character-driven story about the meaning of justice in a colonialist country.” Electric Lit includes the novel in their list of “Most Anticipated Debuts for the Second Half of 2020.” Betches includes WINTER COUNTS on their “Summer Reading List.”
Buzzfeed’s list of summer thrillers: Buzzfeed includes WINTER COUNTS in the list of “new thrillers you need to add to your summer reading list.”
Starred, boxed review from Publishers Weekly, June 29 issue: “Weiden combines funny, complex, and unforgettable characters with strong, poetic prose… This is crime fiction at its best.”
USA Today: USA Today mentions WINTER COUNTS as a “new book you won’t want to miss.”
The Rumpus list of most anticipated books: The Rumpus includes WINTER COUNTS as one of the most anticipated books for the second half of 2020.
Rave review from Library Journal, June 1 issue: “Weiden’s series launch sheds much-needed light on the legal and societal barriers facing Native Americans while also delivering a suspenseful thriller that builds to a bloody climax. A worthy addition to the burgeoning canon of indigenous literature.”
Buzzfeed’s best books of the summer: Buzzfeed includes WINTER COUNTS in the list of books “You Won’t Be Able to Put Down” for summer 2020. “It’s an absolutely riveting page-turner, compelling not only for the mystery at its core, but also for its piercing criticism of US (mis)treatment of Native populations.”
Most anticipated crime books: CrimeReads includes WINTER COUNTS as a most-anticipated book of summer 2020 and notes that it’s “one of 2020’s most exciting debut novels. . .”
Great review from Read or Dead podcast: Episode 78, “The Quarantine Doldrums,” of the crime fiction book review podcast features a rave review of WINTER COUNTS, starting at minute 45:00.
Brad Meltzer recommends WINTER COUNTS as one of the top thrillers of the year in Parade magazine.
Rave review of WINTER COUNTS from BOOKLIST:
A “revelatory debut crime novel propelled by vital and affecting Native American characters facing the endless repercussions of the genocidal past, ongoing racism and injustice, and cruel betrayals within their besieged community. Suspenseful, gritty, gruffly endearing, and resonant . . . ”
SPOTTED TAIL reviewed in The Roundup: “Not only is Spotted Tail well researched and informative, this powerful book is visually bold and engaging . . . Highly recommended for all ages.”
SPOTTED TAIL wins Spur Award from Western Writers of America.
AWP Mentor: David serves as Mentor for indigenous writers through Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith:
Native Voice: David Heska Wanbli Weiden on Writing Inclusive Books For Kids
SPOTTED TAIL named as a finalist in Juvenile Literature for the Colorado Book Awards.
Publishers Weekly lists WINTER COUNTS as one of the top debut mystery and thrillers of the year.
Book Riot names WINTER COUNTS as one of the must-read thrillers of the year.
Podcast: Interview with David at the 2020 Public Library Association conference in Nashville.
New essay, “How Much Indian are You,” shortlisted for Briarpatch Magazine Writing in the Margins contest.
Crime Reads lists WINTER COUNTS as a new series to watch for.
New nonfiction essay, “Carlisle Longings,” published in Shenandoah magazine: read it here.
Interview with David on Colorado Public Radio about WINTER COUNTS:
“David Heska Wanbli Weiden of Denver delves into barriers to justice for Native Americans in his upcoming novel Winter Counts.” Listen here.
Library Journal lists WINTER COUNTS as one of the most anticipated books of 2020.
Tin House Scholars: Tin House Summer Workshop names David as a 2019 Scholar.
French publication: WINTER COUNTS and WOUNDED HORSE to be published in France by Gallmeister Editions.
PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship: David named as one of the inaugural Fellows.
PEN Ten interview: PEN America interviews Writing for Justice Fellows.
MacDowell Colony Fellow: David awarded 2018 summer fellowship at the MacDowell Colony.